Cadillac of the Skies by TinkerACW ()
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The P-51 Mustang. This was my first and only use of a military aircraft model in Vue 7. I'm not an expert on the subject, but I remember a line in the movie, "Empire of the Sun," where the main character kept calling it the "Cadillac of the Skies." I was curious about this so I did a little research.
The original version of the P-51 exceeded it's design parameters. It was powered by a General Motors Allison V-1710 V-12 Aircraft engine that contained up to 175 parts manufactured by Cadillac in Detroit. It had a single-stage turbocharger which limited it's service ceiling to 15,000 feet. There was an immediate need for bomber support at that time, so the aircraft was refit with a Packard V-1560-7 V-12 engine which incorporated a 2-stage intercooled supercharger. This increased it's service ceiling up to 41,000 feet.
I didn't do a very good job with the "propeller in motion" effect. I basically used a transparent disc. The terrain is one that I had experimented with for a while; an infinite terrain populated by an ecosystem. You could push a camera forward and create new populated terrain, eternally. It required a bit of CPU power and I was using overclocked Xeons with large amounts of high-performance RAM. I'll be posting another example of an infinite terrain populated by an ecosystem.
All in good fun!
Image Comments (7)
Great image. The P-51 actually went through 3 engine variants: The Allison which was underpowered and gave poor high-altitude service, the plane was a disappointment in this configuration; then the English suggested the Rolls-Royce Merlin which transformed the aircraft into a thoroughbred able to easily operate higher than 15,000 feet; and finally the Packard which was a U.S.-licensed version of the then new state of the art powerhouse Merlin 66. Hmmm, you're right about the propeller disks, but I have no idea how to fix that since I haven't tried doing aircraft images. This is really excellent work!